marie claire (September 2012)

On 13th September everyone is talking about…
Earlier this year, the Parks & Recreation comedian Amy Poehler (below) contacted Rock Girl about having one of the girls from Manenberg create a video diary for the new show, “Girls of the World”.

GetawayBlog – moonlite cycle through Cape Town (June 2012)

In light of my recent rediscovery of the wonders of cycling from doing a city cycle tour of Cape Town, I agreed to cycle through the streets of Cape Town under a full moon to raise money for the Rock Girl Safe Spaces initiative….

Heroine – India Baird (April 2012)

her belief in the ability of girls and women to change the world led India Baird, 47, from Nashville, Tennessee, in the US, to Manenberg, Cape Town, with one goal – to give them the opportunities to do it…

A safe space to call your own (IOL – December 2011)

RED RIVER Primary School in Manenberg is not always a happy space. Blocks of flats look down on the school’s classrooms, and young men hang out of the flats’ windows, whistling at and cat-calling the school’s female pupils, sometimes even throwing stones at them… Read the full article online.

On the Bench (Cape Town Magazine – September 2011)

When a group of grade five girls from a school in Manenberg confided in human rights lawyer, India Baird, that they didn’t feel safe at school, she decided to create a safe space for them, by installing a bench next to the tuck shop. India, with Karina Turok, is at the helm of a project called Rock Girl: an organization which highlights challenges faced by women… Read the full article online.

Inspiring Agents of Change (Cape Insights – August 2011)

Strike a woman and you strike … Rock Girl, a campaign to help women become stronger and take back their communities… Read the full article online.

Rock Girl Safe Spaces (Travelstart – August 2011)

… This initiative seeks to reduce the incidence of violence in characteristcally unsafe areas by creating “safe spaces”. With the help of various artists and designers, women and girls in the community co-create unique benches which are then strategically placed in hand-picked, underprivileged areas and serve to represent a place of refuge for anyone in need… Read the full article online.

The Cape Town design community comes out in aid of the Safe Spaces campaign (Art Times – July 2011)

Over 45 talented Capetonians have lent their creative skills to transforming soccer balls into pieces of art that are up for public auction on August 4 2011. The auction will be held in aid of charity initiative, the Safe Spaces campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the need for greater safety for women and girls…. Read the full article online.